Learning About Money in the Primary Classroom

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This resource suite is the final and definitive material to emerge from pfeg's What Money Means 5 year ground-breaking project supported by HSBC. The main booklet includes detailed case studies and a broad range of primary resources that practitioners can use and experiment with in relation to their own programme of personal finance education.

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Overview

What Money Means – Learning about Money in the Primary Classroom is a series of booklets for teachers that emerged from the What Money Means primary project.

They draw on practical experience gathered while teaching personal finance education in primary schools. They feature over 20 detailed case studies and short taster ideas to get teachers started.

The resource suite (download and hard copy) consists of four individual items:

  • Learning About Money in the Primary Classroom – the main booklet containing suggestions for activities, ideas and help with planning your own lessons or leading staff in curriculum development.
  • Learning About Money Primary Assessment Ideas – is a booklet consisting of children's work alongside details of how teachers have assessed this work. With these samples in front of you it is easy to see how you could use these ideas with your own classes.
  • Learning About Money Primary Planning Framework – is a spreadsheet divided by age and by four key areas of learning whichs map out the personal finance knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to specific ages. This is designed to be used when planning
  • What Money Means in Action – a short DVD, which demonstrates practical personal finance education in primary schools. The film aims to inspire and support teachers in developing a planned and coherent programme of personal finance education and includes additional chapters covering: planning and preparation, in the classroom, learning outcomes and next steps. 

Downloadable support materials, referred to in the booklets, are also available. 

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Curriculum info

Primary (KS1 & 2)

Key Stage 1

  • Coin recognition
  • The exchange of money and coins
  • Different sources of income
  • Spending
  • Keeping money safe
  • Financial records
  • Ways to spend money
  • The cost of unexpected loss
  • Deciding what to buy
  • The value of money
  • Financial satisfaction
  • Consequences of not budgeting

Key Stage 2

  • Different forms of money
  • Different ways to pay
  • Credit
  • Earnings
  • Benefits
  • Financial commitments
  • Retirement and pensions
  • Deduction from earnings
  • Bank/building society accounts
  • Keeping financial records
  • Statements and receipts
  • Savings
  • Where to save money
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Interest
  • How to spend money
  • Prioritizing needs and wants
  • types of debt
  • Assessing value for money
  • Spending satisfaction
  • Ethical financial decisions

Secondary (KS3 & 4)

Comments & reviews

Comments

Learning About Money Primary resources

This is fantastic - a lot of simple, engaging activities with lots of scope to develop further with any age group. I am very impressed and will be recommending to others.

Primary Resources

Using these with our Year 7 as as part of our Economic Awareness week. Really useful.